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Halloween pop-ups take part in the $7.4 billion holiday

Halloween continues to be one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays, with sales expected to hit $7.4 billion this year. The wide variety of costumes for children, adults and even pets, has helped spur the holiday’s growth. Halloween also falls on a Friday this year, so more people are expected to trick or treat, visit a haunted house or attend Halloween-themed parties.

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Alibaba’s stock is anything but child’s play

All those dollar signs surrounding this Chinese Internet titan, along with its imaginative name, have piqued the interest of many kids. Parents shouldn’t bet the college fund, but there are several ways to own a piece of Alibaba and turn the investment into a learning experience for your new investor.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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FDA to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that two companies – Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey – have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers who bought “shapewear” that supposedly can reduce cellulite and fat because it is infused with caffeine, vitamin E and other things.